President Trump’s White House has kept reporters at arm’s length more than any presidential administration in recent memory.
So for reporters covering the summer and winter White Houses in Mar-A-Lago and Bedminster, where Trump’s daily activities are largely kept secret from the press, stalking Instagram has become the one of the best windows into Mr. Trump’s mysterious weekend life – and his golf habits.
The technique was deployed once again this weekend, when the White House Press corps was told that Mr. Trump was “having meetings and taking calls” on Saturday.
But an afternoon Instagram post from inside the club, posted by an account named “40primrose,” provided a more well rounded story.
The Instagram user posted a photo on his public account on Saturday of the president, wearing a white golf shirt and black slacks, walking on a putting green holding a 4 or 5 iron. The post was geo-tagged to his Bedminster golf course.
“Seis de Mayo w POTUS,” the caption read, which in English translates to “the 6th of May” with the President.
At 5:37 p.m., Los Angeles Times reporter Mike Memoli tweeted a screenshot of the Instagram post. It was quickly circulated among White House reporters who were exiled six miles away from the golf club in Branchburg, New Jersey – a lone tidbit of information trickling out of Trump’s weekend.
But shortly thereafter, the photo and account were deleted – again leaving the public in the dark about the president’s whereabouts. The White House did not confirm the content of the image.
So reporters have resorted to scouring Instagram’s useful location-based search feature, hunting for signs of what the president is up to.
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